‘It’s Something That We’ve Looked At’: Priebus Says White House Considering Libel Law Changes


While he was still a presidential candidate, Donald Trump floated out the idea of changing the libel laws to make it easier to sue media outlets over their reporting. Now that he’s president, it appears that this is potentially one promise that he’s looking to keep, commenting last month about changing the laws to go after the New York Times.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was pressed on this and he let it be known that the administration is considering going down that path. (Of course, it isn’t clear what they can do as libel laws are different in every state.)

“I think it’s something that we’ve looked at,” Priebus told host Jonathan Karl. “And how that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story.”

The former head of the Republican National Committee went on to complain about 24/7 cable news networks and other outlets devoting stories on Russia/Trump that “have no basis in fact.”

“So you think the president should be able to sue the New York Times for stories he doesn’t like?” Karl asked.

After Priebus said news agencies “need to be more responsible” with their reporting and Karl pushed back that the real issue here is whether Trump should “have a right to sue them,” the Trump advisor merely said he answered Karl’s question and that they are looking into it.

Watch the clip above, via ABC News.

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